Brian Haworth

Updated: 06 January 2015







A series of photographs taken on 16 November 2011

Class 333, 333004, departs platform 5 at Shipley with a service for Skipton












Class 33, 333 003, stands at the temporary stop boards on platform 1 at Ilkley station

with a service from Bradford Forster Square.


The new waiting room facility can be noted to the right of the picture

behind the blue safety fence.

The waiting room is due to open in December 2011












Class 333 003 departs platform 1 at Ilkley with a service to Bradford Forster Square












Station entrance at Ilkley












Class 333, leader 333 001, stands at the blocks at Ilkley, having just arrived at platform 2












Class 333 333001, with its couplings bagged up

in preparation for the onslaught of snow and ice,

awaits departure from Ilkley with a service for Leeds .










General view of Ilkley Station,

looking towards the buffer stops












Class 333012 disgorges its passengers

at Ilkley,

on arrival from Bradford Forster Square.












Class 333 012 departs platform 4 at Shipley

with a service for Bradford Forster Square












Artwork adjacent to platform 5 at Shipley Station












Class 333 333005 rolls into Shipley

with a Skipton service












Class 333 333013 departs Saltaire

with the massive Salts Mill

as the backdrop












The running in boards proclaims Saltaire a World Heritage Site,

and the ornate church tower, behind 333013, illustrates the point.










NK writes:   xx xxxxxxxx

As the 1910 and 1938 timetables below will reveal, not only was there a Leeds to Ilkley service via Guiseley but one, which ran via Otley & Headingley, with a connection to Harrogate at either Pool-in-Wharfedale (used Bradford F.S. - Harrogate service via Arthington North Jct.) or Arthington, a route, which closed on 22 March 1965.

In fact, as the above map will show, there were three triangular junctions in the area, viz. at Burley-in-Wharfedale, Arthington, and Shipley, with all sides in use but now only Shipley remains.

At Shipley, and until fairly recently, there was no platform available for use by Leeds - Skipton trains.

Interestingly, however, and certainly post 1945, the 10:35 departure from Leeds City to Carnforth was booked to call at Shipley. From personal knowledge, the train drew past Shipley Bingley Jct. and then reversed into the now-derelict platform at Shipley, thus adding yet more minutes to a very slow journey, but, on a summer Saturday, there was an express service departing Leeds City at 11:15 hrs for Barrow, avoiding Carnforth, and the time-consuming manoevre at Shipley.

Additionally, as many will recall, Ilkley was formerly connected to Skipton via Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Embsay.

The above line was also used by Leeds - Ilkley - Skipton services, which were extended to Morecambe via Lancaster Green Ayre (see 1938 timetable).

Several Leeds / Bradford to Morecambe excursions were also booked to use this route, as recalled by a visit many years ago to Morecambe Promenade Station one weekend during the town's Illumination period.

On the closure of the line between Kirkby Stephen and Barnard Castle, the through services linking Newcastle and Blackpool were, for a time, routed via Harrogate, Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Colne and Blackburn, for which no timetable, sadly, is available for publication.






































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